About CJCS

The Central Jersey Choral Society is Mercer County's second oldest arts organization.  It was formed in 1949 at the request of the Trenton Junior Chamber of Commerce as the Trenton Community Chorus and later became the Mercer County Chorus and the Greater Trenton Choral Society.  In 2009, we changed our name to the Central Jersey Choral Society to better reflect the more regional nature of our members and audience.

​Throughout its more than 60 year history, the organization has provided professional caliber classical music to the local community and enriched the lives of choral society members and audiences through the performing of a varied selection of high quality music.  The CJCS is comprised of both professsionally educated and trained vocalists, as well as singers with a myriad of amateur vocal experiences.  Both find a common voice with the CJCS, and that voice is the music we share with our audiences.

Recent programs presented by CJCS have included Mozart’s Requiem and Vesperae solennes de Confessore, Brahms’ Liebesleider Walzes; Haydn’s oratorio The Creation; Mendelssohn’s oratorios Elijah and St. Paul; Pergolesi/Durante’s Magnificat, Schubert’s Mass in G; Mozart’s Coronation Mass; Te Deums by Haydn and Bruckner; Haydn’s Missa Sancti Nicolai; Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria; Beethoven’s Mass in C Major; Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms; and Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem.

Artistic Director
Christopher Loeffler

Mr. Loeffler has been Artistic Director of the Central Jersey Choral Society since 2008.  He is responsible for musical programming, conducting performances, and developing and preparing vocal talent within the community.  His work with the CJCS includes performances of Mozart's Requiem, Elijah, Ein Deutches Requiem, Bernstein's The Chichester Psalms, and most recently the Vaughan Williams Dona Nobis Pacem.

In addition to his work with the CJCS, Mr. Loeffler has been the chorus director at Toms River High School North since 2000.  In his tenure in Toms River he has conducted numerous musicals and choral performances.  He serves as the Choral Director of the Pinecone Singers at the Pines at Whiting, and has conducted and sung locally at the Morrisville United Methodist Church.  As a vocalist, Mr. Loeffler has performed with the Westminster Symphonic Choir under the batons of Joseph Flummerfelt, Zdenek Macal, Kurt Masur, and Wolfgang Sawallisch.  He has been a member of the Boheme Opera NJ Chorus and has peformed chorus roles in Turandot, Rigoletto, La Traviata, and The Pirates of Penzance under the direction of Jospeh Pucciatti.  He made his vocal solo debut in 2010 in the new cantata Sing My Soul, composed by George Gray, as John the Baptist.

Mr. Loeffler holds a bachelor of music degree in music education from Westminster Choir College, where he studied choral conducting under James Jordan and Andrew McGill.  He recently earned his Master of Music Education degree from Westminster Choir College.   

Board of Directors

Executive Board
Sarah Steward, President
Dana Maiuro, Vice President
Leanne Sine Gall, Secretary
Cristina Anguiano-Carrasco, Treasurer

Wesley Brown
Morris Cohen
Russell Collins​
​Gayle Freeman Moore
Dee Hindley
Kristine Schmidt
Caroline Steward
​Ellen Weiner